BDU’s College of Education and Behavioral Science has held the 35th Annual International Education Conference with a theme of “Higher Education in Ethiopia: Advancing teaching, research and community outreach engagement” on May 19 and 20, 2017 at Peda Campus, Auditorium Hall.
Dr. Andargachew Moges, dean of College of Education and Behavioral Science, in his welcoming speech said that the college is the oldest and one of the classical academic unit (preceded by Polytechnic Institute) in the history of BDU, and that it has sustained the May Annual Conference for the last 35 years. He also noted that the college aspires to become a center of excellence in teacher education and educational leadership programs being up-to-date and relevant to the national development needs and directions of the nation. The conference has aimed at creating opportunity for academicians and decision makers to reflect, deliberate and debate on how higher education in Ethiopia could contribute to the development of the nation through its research, learning and community outreach missions, he added.
Dr. Baylie Damtie in his opening speech to conference has emphasized on two major issues. He argued that our student evaluation system and education curriculum should not be foreign oriented rather they should be locally driven in order to utilize local context and wisdom. He also said that the current and usual research methodologies are designed by foreign oriented philosophies and he recommended for new research methodologies and systems taking into account different local values and contexts.
On the conference, in addition to 6 keynote speeches, 30 empirical studies are presented.